Small weddings are nice, and they are also very affordable. Yet, they can also take a toll on you if you try to do absolutely everything by yourself. Holding a very informal reception in your backyard with a bakery cake and catered food can be rather relaxing because you don't have to worry about cooking, and most people realize that.
However, where they go wrong is in not renting things like linens and dishes, too. If you try to use your own or buy more to cover everyone showing up for the reception, you'll be left with more than you bargained for. Rent these things instead, and you'll have one of the easiest cleanup jobs ever because you won't have to do most of it.
Breakage and Other Damage
Dishes and glasses break. It's entirely possible that none of the dishes or glasses used during the reception will be damaged, but if one is, then you're out a dish or glass if you're using your own for the reception. If you rent them instead, then while you'll still have to clean up the broken items, you're not going to have a blank spot in your cupboard once the reception is over.
Rental companies for weddings often have platforms that you can rent to place over the lawn in your yard. Having many people walk all over the lawn can result in some damage to spots, but the platform (with or without a tent) can protect the grass and sprinkler heads from the pressure of so many feet. Plus, if someone spills something, it's a lot easier to clean it up off a platform than it is to try to remove it from the grass, which could attract pests in turn.
And When Everything Is Over...
The best part about renting dishes, platforms, linens, and other items for your backyard reception? They get picked up and taken away, and you don't have to spend the rest of the evening trying to wash everything. You also don't have to worry about creating a lot of garbage by using disposable plates and utensils. The rental company will pick up the items at a specific time (or during a specific range of hours), and the only cleanup you'll have is of confetti or other things that you can vacuum up pretty quickly off your patio.
Low-key, informal wedding receptions are the best option for many people who can't afford a big to-do, but spending money to rent smaller items for the reception is a more cost-effective strategy, too. Don't try to do everything yourself. Rent what you can for an easier, more relaxing day. For more information, contact a party rental company such as Tlapaloza Party Rentals.